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gruff - Dictionary definition and meaning for word gruff

(adj) brusque and surly and forbidding
Example Sentence
  • crusty remarks
  • a crusty old man
  • his curmudgeonly temper
  • gruff manner
  • a gruff reply

(adj) deep and harsh sounding as if from shouting or illness or emotion
Synonyms : hoarse , husky
Example Sentence
  • gruff voices
  • the dog's gruff barking
  • hoarse cries
  • makes all the instruments sound powerful but husky

Mnemonics (Memory Aids) for gruff

g+ruff ~ rough; a rough-mannered person is generally gruff.
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by preetisoni2411

gruff sounds like rough so rough persons are gruff
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by aparajita

dogs when angry sound like grrr uff uff ... a person shouting is considered rough mannered...
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by NikhilAgl

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